Tulane vs. Wake Forest Total Prediction
Week 1 of the college football season kicks off on Thursday night and two teams that will open their season will be in Tulane as the Green Wave hosts Wake Forest at 8:00 p.m. ET. Given Tulane’s firepower and defensive issues, will bettors cash the over?
8:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, August 30, 2018
Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Demon Deacons are 6.5-point favorites to beat the Green Wave. The total, meanwhile, sits at 56.5 points. As of this writing, 64% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on the Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Wake Forest redshirt sophomore QB Jamie Newman (quad) should be considered questionable for Thursday's opener against Tulane. Newman (6'4/240) injured his quad during the team's scrimmage two weekends ago. Wake Forest has moved in a different direction at starter -- true freshman Sam Hartman will draw the call on Thursday -- so at least in the immediate short term, Newman's injury doesn't figure to impact the Demon Deacons too seriously. Redshirt freshmen Tayvon Bowers and Matthew Considine will both receive depth chart boosts behind Hartman while Newman's out injured.
Tulane Green Wave
Tulane sophomore RB Stephon Huderson is listed as the co-starter for Thursday's contest against Wake Forest. Darius Bradwell is the co-starter, but it was expected that this was going to be Bradwell's backfield with Huderson operating as the backup. It doesn't seem like that's going to be the case. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound running back did get positive reports at camp, and in the Green Wave's offense, there's going to be plenty of carries for the tailbacks and quarterback Jonathan Banks. At the very least, this news should put Huderson on radars.
The over is 4-0 in the Demon Deacons’ last four road games and 5-2 in their last seven games overall.
The over is 5-2 in the Green Wave’s last seven games versus ACC opponents and 8-3 in their last 11 non-conference games.
Outside of cornerback Donnie Lewis Jr., Tulane has a ton of question marks on defense, but the Green Wave’s offense is going to be fun. Four-star transfer Corey Dauphine is joining quarterback Jonathan Banks and a seasoned offensive line. Meanwhile, even though Wake Forest has the unenviable task of replacing John Wolford under center, freshman Sam Hartman has drawn a ton of praise this offseason for his maturity in the pocket. All of this sets up what could be a high-scoring, back-and-forth exciting game tonight for college football fans.
College Football Week 1 Prediction: Wake Forest/Tulane over 56.5